Cruise ships rolled out by the dozen in the past several years offering innovations galore to the consumers. All the major cruise lines made plan during the economic boom years for new ships on which they took delivery as the economy slowed.
The result is that the cruise lines have offered unheard of incentives to fill their ships.
The twin giants of Royal Caribbean, the Oasis of the Seas, introduced in 2009 and the second and perhaps final in the series, the Allure of the Seas, provide great entertainment for the entire family with the ability to pack 6,000 people on board at one time.
Carnival has brought out its new ship the Carnival Dream while Disney introduced its Dream, the first new ship for it’s fleet in 10 years. Celebrity will place its new Silhouette in Bayonne, New Jersey, the fourth of the new Solstice class.
The Solstice was launched in 2008, the Equinox in 2009 and the Eclipse in 2010. All of the ships, along with a fifth due in 2012, carry about 3,000 passengers and weigh in at 120,000 tons.
Cunard added a third Queen, the Queen Elizabeth last fall, christened by Queen Elizabeth herself. Last week, Cunard had its entire fleet in New York City harbor at one time for the first time in it’s history.
The Caribbean and the Med have become crowded with cruise ships over the past decade.